Full Court Press opening a burger and beer bar in Drake neighborhood
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A local restaurant group plans to open a burger and beer bar in a historic Drake neighborhood building that was most recently home to Crazyhorse Guitars.
Crazy Horse Burgers and Beer will pay homage to the various music stores that have occupied the 132-year-old building, starting with the indie record shop Music Circuit that operated there in the 1970s.
It will be the 16th restaurant for Full Court Press, a group of friends that has been establishing new dining concepts in the Des Moines metro since 2000.
Full Court Press already operates a Fong's Pizza location and the University Library Cafe in Drake, but believes the neighborhood needs a burger joint and tap room that can serve as a "hang-out spot," said Jeff Bruning, owner of the restaurant group.
Crazy Horse Burgers and Beer will take over the first floor of 2331 University Ave., which is being restored by the Neighborhood Development Corp. The nonprofit development organization will move its offices to the second floor.
The restaurant will feature 20-plus beer taps, frozen cocktails, a variety of burgers — vegetarian and otherwise — and hand-breaded chicken with varying levels of spice. It is scheduled to open in March.
The 100-seat venue will have both a modern and retro vibe. Bruning, who used to work in Best Buy's music section, plans to display his extensive CD collection on the walls and use them to provide the daily soundtrack.
"We want to carry that music vibe forward," he said.
Built in 1887, the building originally was home to a surgeon's office, and later, the Putman Rexall Pharmacy. Both Music Circuit and People's Music had record shops there.
Most recently, it was home to Crazyhorse Guitars, which opened in 1996. The guitar shop, which closed after the owner's death in 2018, specialized in high-end acoustic guitars.
Full Court Press decided to keep the Crazy Horse name to honor the guitar shop and as a nod to Neil Young's backup band.
Kim Norvell covers growth and development for the Register. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-284-8259.
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